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Tiki Barber plans to end his retirement

When we first saw this one, we checked the calendar to make sure it wasn’t April 1.

Running back Tiki Barber, who retired after the 2006 to strike while the media iron was hot, has decided to return to the game after four years away from it, is returning to football.

Barber’s agent, Mark Lepselter, has disclosed on Twitter that Barber “has filed the papers with the NFL to officially come out of retirement.”  (Reached for comment via text, Lepselter confirmed to PFT that the announcement is legit.)

Lepselter tells Jay Glazer of that “there are interested parties.”

If Barber still had one or more years remaining on his contract when he retired, the Giants still hold his rights, so any “interested parties” would be tampering.  Either way, the Giants would have to decide whether to keep Tiki or cut him loose, once he is reinstated by the NFL.

Barber’s media career has bottomed out; he currently works sporadically for Yahoo! Sports after leaving NBC.

Last month, Barber’s twin brother, Ronde, re-signed with the Buccaneers for a 15th season.  The Barbers will turn 36 on April 7.

Despite his age, the fact that Tiki has taken no hits for the past four years should allow him to play younger.  He capped his career with more than 2,000 combined rushing and receiving yards for three straight seasons.

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64 Responses to “Tiki Barber plans to end his retirement”
  1. zzulu says: Mar 8, 2011 2:32 PM

    Also checked the date when this came up. What the hell.

  2. waitingguilty says: Mar 8, 2011 2:32 PM

    And 32 NFL teams will now plan to quash his plan.

  3. hrmlss says: Mar 8, 2011 2:33 PM

    Plus he has the wife, girlfriend and a horde of babies to support….

  4. seanmmartin says: Mar 8, 2011 2:33 PM

    What makes him a better option than a 22-year old coming out of college? Or anyone with fresh legs who is a FA for that matter?

  5. karlpilkington says: Mar 8, 2011 2:34 PM

    Wow, Tiki ran out of money that fast.

  6. knucklebucket says: Mar 8, 2011 2:34 PM

    Is this about a love for football or Tiki trying to make himself relevant again….

  7. medtxpack says: Mar 8, 2011 2:34 PM

    NO!!!!!!!! stay retired dude….Gmen aint due for another SB trip anytime soon and i dont see a contender picking him up…..

    his media career bottomed out cause hes annoying and not a good comentator.

  8. ubummer says: Mar 8, 2011 2:35 PM

    I thought the UFL was already going belly up.

  9. bluehorseshoelovesanacottsteel says: Mar 8, 2011 2:36 PM


  10. tcostant says: Mar 8, 2011 2:37 PM

    I actually predicted this would happen last year, when all the prego wife and intern girlfreind sandal talk started. I think he left the G-Men in the last year of his deal, so he is free to sign with anyone (after a CBA agreement).

  11. thenewenglandpatriots12 says: Mar 8, 2011 2:37 PM

    Well someone has to take Brett Favre’s role as washed up player who still wants to play in the league.

  12. charly0418 says: Mar 8, 2011 2:38 PM

    I wanna puke

  13. jbl429 says: Mar 8, 2011 2:39 PM

    Ha! Stay the hell out of NY Tiki.

  14. BC says: Mar 8, 2011 2:39 PM

    I didn’t even realize he was gone from NBC. This guy is high. Playing RB at age 36? Never.

  15. universalcynic says: Mar 8, 2011 2:40 PM

    Does he know he can’t have an intern as a player?

  16. ampats says: Mar 8, 2011 2:42 PM

    Looks like since he no longer can get owrk on TV, he might as well try to get back in the NFL.

    Next career stop in September 2011,

    Would you like anything off the dollar menu?

  17. beastofeden says: Mar 8, 2011 2:44 PM

    He will be wearing #26 in DC

  18. chapnastier says: Mar 8, 2011 2:45 PM

    Welcome to DC.

  19. cecilbower says: Mar 8, 2011 2:45 PM

    Desperate attempt to stay relevant. He’s burned a lot of bridges over the past 5 years. Can’t see him making any team.

  20. RocksRocksRocks says: Mar 8, 2011 2:46 PM

    Would they be back on the hook for his contract?

  21. berniemadoffsides says: Mar 8, 2011 2:46 PM

    As a lifelong Giants fan, he can still play. He was playing at an elite level when he retired and has always trained as hard as anybody. I remember speaking with him at length regarding his workouts before the 2004 season. If I had to bet on him, I bet he could still do some damage as a third down back for Tampa, letting LB get the bulk of the carries.

    FYI, the Giants wouldn’t keep him around, obviously.

  22. cleanface says: Mar 8, 2011 2:46 PM

    He needs to fund that divorce settlement.

  23. wallyhorse says: Mar 8, 2011 2:47 PM

    When I saw this, I thought it was a joke as well, but Barber is dead serious about this. Say what you want about him working in the media, he was very good in his time with the Giants and if he can shake off the rust, he could very well be very effective for someone, especially in a situation where due to the lockout (that in turns cancels many off-season camps, workouts, etc.) teams will be scrambling to be on track, coupled with the fact he will not have had any hits for four years on his body.

  24. rebeltitan says: Mar 8, 2011 2:48 PM

    That picture is perfect for this story.

  25. 4evrnyt says: Mar 8, 2011 2:50 PM

    36 years old, are you kidding me?

    I’ve got a $1,000 that says he gets cut in training camp. Just ask Jerry Rice how easy it is to make an NFL team after 35 years old and he was the greatest player of all time playing a position that is slightly more forgiving with age then running back.

    Like most have said, either he’s broke or his ego simply cant handle his obscurity.

  26. tastethejace says: Mar 8, 2011 2:50 PM

    Tiki, you look like him, you talk like him, you grin like him, but you aren’t Ronde. I’m sorry man.

    Take care of your kids.

  27. hobartbaker says: Mar 8, 2011 2:51 PM

    The scouts say Tiki looks the part in shorts, but want to work him out in full pads before they come to a decision.

  28. Slackmo says: Mar 8, 2011 2:52 PM

    Tiki needs his own “What Should I Do?” video. Should I admit I made mistakes? I am not a role model…

  29. drexelvol says: Mar 8, 2011 2:55 PM

    “Despite his age, the fact that Tiki has taken no hits for the past four years should allow him to play younger. ”

    Nooooo, doesn’t work that way Mike. Players get rusty just from the months of the off-season, and they are working out to get ready for the next season during that time.

    A player four years removed, especially one of his age, will take at least a full season to get back to where he was. By then, he’ll be almost 38.

  30. dexterismyhero says: Mar 8, 2011 2:55 PM

    Can you just post this on the Turd watch.

  31. mrlynch33 says: Mar 8, 2011 2:55 PM

    WOW!!! You think he had fumbilitis before…..IMAGINE AFTER NOT PLAYING FOR 4 YEARS!

  32. kevinfromphilly says: Mar 8, 2011 2:56 PM

    That may be the gayest picture you’ve ever had on this site. Except for yesterday’s picture of Gregg Rosenthal.

  33. profootballwalk says: Mar 8, 2011 2:56 PM

    Where’s da white women at?

    Let’s see… lost his job, has to TRY to go back to getting beaten up, and all for a white girl? That’s a hell of a price.

  34. mrlynch33 says: Mar 8, 2011 2:57 PM

    And yes, he was one of the worst commentators ever! besides Emmitt Smith no one can steal that crown…well on second thought maayyybbbee Matt Millen

  35. jhorton83 says: Mar 8, 2011 2:59 PM

    I really don’t think there’s going to be any interest in a 36 year-old running back who hasn’t played in 4 years. Teams are already generally disinterested in running backs once they turn 30. For example, you have guys like Willie Parker out there who didn’t play at all last season and is considered washed up despite only being 30. Tiki’s post-football career clearly didn’t turn out at all like he imagined.

  36. dietrich43 says: Mar 8, 2011 3:02 PM

    I hope that he comes back to the G-men. First practice, I bet Eli goes ‘The Longest Yard’ on Tiki, throwing the ball right into little tiki.

  37. Deb says: Mar 8, 2011 3:04 PM

    Seeing the headline, I thought, “End his retirement from what? Broadcasting?” He’s 36. Even without the last four years of wear and tear, that would make him 32, and he’s gotten used to a softer life. Even if a team were willing to take a chance, he’s not worth close to the money he made at retirement. And he tried to build his now-defunct broadcast career or ripping his former coach and teammates. Who’d want to bring that into the locker room?

  38. cappa662 says: Mar 8, 2011 3:06 PM

    LMAO… Tiki, get yourself a better financial advisor. He prolly has a good one, but he’s just popping out babies like crazy. Divorce, child support and alimony will put you in financial ruins.

  39. Deb says: Mar 8, 2011 3:06 PM

    Oh, and Mike … I normally don’t object to beefcake. But he’s wearing enough oil in that photo to fry chicken. Ewww.

  40. apac6586 says: Mar 8, 2011 3:08 PM

    Screw Tiki. This jerk left his 8 month pregnant wife of twins for some skank. I hope he blows his knee out.

  41. shaggytoodle says: Mar 8, 2011 3:09 PM

    Tiki Barber plans to end his retirement…

    to play QB for the Minnesota Vikings.

  42. phinheads says: Mar 8, 2011 3:11 PM

    his love for the game is incredible lol

  43. romjay5150 says: Mar 8, 2011 3:13 PM

    HA HA HA I love the picture of Tiki cathcing the football in his underwear. It might well be the gayest pic of all time…..

  44. otistaylor89 says: Mar 8, 2011 3:16 PM

    “Despite his age, the fact that Tiki has taken no hits for the past four years should allow him to play younger. ”

    No hits to the body, just to the reputation and wallet….

  45. lawyermalloy says: Mar 8, 2011 3:20 PM

    That divorce must have really rocked him financially!

  46. whatevnfl says: Mar 8, 2011 3:22 PM

    Well clearly the ex-wife took him to the cleaners.

  47. frankdatank23 says: Mar 8, 2011 3:32 PM

    time to build on that fumble count………seriously tho, i could see him joining the patriots stable of backs. Remember, Ricky williams made a somewhat similar post-30 comeback and was successful.

  48. fullerman says: Mar 8, 2011 3:33 PM

    this guy is a sissy….CANT WAIT for him to get hit and fold up like a snell…..

  49. gillespieddl says: Mar 8, 2011 3:34 PM

    Someone PLEASE hide Tiki’s phone number from the Redskins…

  50. bjorntorock says: Mar 8, 2011 3:34 PM

    sounds like the perfect vikings player! old and washed up! and they usually pay alot for that kind of talent!

  51. goodjet says: Mar 8, 2011 3:34 PM

    Jeez I guess he must have pulled a matutolypea —– At his age for the NFL he will really be a mackabroin —— I think he must have galeanthropy or somthing, lots of people have galeophobia ——– But Tiki always been a bit sanguinivorous —- Luckaly he’s not saprophagous though —– I don’t reaaly see it happening anyway, I think he’ll have to mayby give schoenobatist a try but he may just have to settle in as a domatologist or somthing —– But Tiki back in the NFL —- I can hardley wait ——– NOT

  52. lambeauleaper says: Mar 8, 2011 3:55 PM


    You’re too early! April Fool’s Day isn’t for another weeks…

    Don’t kid yourself. Stay retired. Herschel Walker has a better chance at making a comeback than you.

    Although, it would be entertaining to watch his trainwreck.

  53. Tim says: Mar 8, 2011 4:08 PM

    I guess its not as crazy as Herschel Walker’s alleged remarks

  54. km2266 says: Mar 8, 2011 4:18 PM

    What are the chances that Tiki is hoping that the new CBA treats recently retired players better than ones who retired before a specific date. Meaning that he may milk from the NFL by un-retiring in name only.

  55. electstat says: Mar 8, 2011 4:27 PM

    Why not? It’s his career and won’t affect anyone making comments on here. Besides, it’s not like he was going to be on the HOF ballot.

  56. lucky5927 says: Mar 8, 2011 4:38 PM

    Its hard enough to miss one year and still be a great player. To ask someone to come back after missing the past four seasons at the age of 36 is asking a lot. I would instantly lose respect for any team that signs him.

  57. thefiesty1 says: Mar 8, 2011 4:44 PM

    I guess his stint on the Today Show is not working out so well. Four years out is too long to try to come back. Ronde inspiring him is not very promising. Hasn’t Ronde retired by now? If not, perhaps he should join Tiki.

  58. seanmmartin says: Mar 8, 2011 4:48 PM

    How old is this guy you ask?

    Here are some other players also drafted in 1997 for comparison:

    Orlando Pace
    Ike Hilliard
    Warrick Dunn
    Tony Gonzalez
    Antowain Smith (I’m actually laughing at this point)
    Jake Plummer
    Corey Dillon
    Darren Sharper
    Jason Taylor

  59. deadmanwalking47 says: Mar 8, 2011 4:50 PM

    i can’t imagine any team signig somebody who has been out of the game 4 seasons! he has to be doing this because he’s pissed his money away and can’t get another job!

  60. lowleadman says: Mar 8, 2011 5:20 PM

    Who cares? Young running backs are a dime a dozen. Older running backs are a nickel for 2 dozen. Really old, out of touch, retired running backs……Tiki should pay the team that takes him on for the priviledge. When he was good he wasn’t that good.

    Stupid, irrelevent stories designed to hold our interest until the NFL blows up on Thursday or Friday.

  61. mksnpcola says: Mar 8, 2011 5:38 PM

    Larry Csonka is on a plane right now headed to Miami for a come back!

  62. cowboylover says: Mar 8, 2011 5:49 PM

    Awwwww……this picture made me long for Taco Bill.

  63. mrlynch33 says: Mar 9, 2011 5:17 PM

    Oh look! he’s holding the football the same way he does when he’s in a game.

  64. escapedconvict says: Mar 10, 2011 2:13 PM

    Doesn’t anyone see the real irony here? His name is Barber… AND HE’S BALD!!!! Now THAT’S comedy!

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